salam could you mention, our Imams, Ala Hadrat, Rahmat Allahi Ta'la alayh, (meaning references), in response to this lack of understanding, from myself, related to these subjects asked about, specificallly Afdhaliyyat and Qutbiyyat? salam Mufti Shahib, i am greatful for your response since there is a distinction between the Ghawth and Qutb, and the Ghawth being higher then the Qutb, that, Sayyidinna alSaddique alAkbar, Radhi Allahu Ta'ala anhu, was the Ghawth, and the other Sabahaba alKiraam, Radhi Allahu Ta'ala anhum, where Qutbs? can this be reconciled like this? could you give a reference? And, also, i have heard, Sayyidinna Salman alKhayr, was the Sultan alAwliya, (meaning greater then a Ghawth of Qutb) after Sayyidinna Abu Bakr AlSiddiue, who proceeded him as Sultan alAwliya, is this an acceptable opinion, and who are the Mutaabir Ulama alKiraam, who held these view? can this be reconciled with Afdhaliyyat?